Wide angle macro

Although I consider myself primarily a macro photographer, my favorite lenses are not those designed for macrophotography, but rather those that are used chiefly for landscapes and other large subjects. I am talking of course about wide angle lenses, which means lenses of the focal length shorter than 50mm. Many photographers are surprised to discover…

Getting low and wide – Part 2

A few days ago I posted the first part of an introduction to wide-angle macrophotography, and here is the conclusion. Illumination. In order for the illusion that you are a lilliput looking at the giant world to work, the background of a wide-angle macro shot should be well and evenly lit, and the frontmost, focal…

Getting low and wide – Part 1

Shortly after I had become a proud owner of my first real SLR camera (the wonderful Nikon n6006 – an unexpected Christmas gift from my wife), I decided that what I wanted to do with this magical piece of equipment was to document life that was two or three orders of magnitude smaller than traditional…

Macro lenses: shorter is better (often)

What is the best lens for macrophotography? In an earlier post I argued that long lenses, 100mm and more, are great for photographing small subjects that are easy to scare off, and need to be photographed from a distance. They are also handy if you want to isolate your subject from its background. But what…

BugShot 2014: Sapelo Island, GA

My arrival in Johannesburg has brought a welcome respite from the unbearable winter of New England, and tomorrow I fly to Gorongosa National Park to begin preparations for the official opening of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory on March 27th. Stay tuned for updates and photos! But there is something else that I am very…

What butterflies like

The weather has become so unpleasantly cold that I try not to open my eyes while walking outside, out of fear that my eyeballs will freeze. (I was told that this would happen by my teacher in preschool; she also told me that eating candies makes worms lay eggs in my teeth, and that if…